Henrico County man convicted after police pursuit sentenced to 6 months in jail

UPDATE: Robert Vandine was sentenced today to 6 months in jail for eluding police and reckless driving in relation to an incident that occurred back in May.

At the time Vandine crashed his vehicle during a chase that occurred when he ran from police who were attempting to arrest him for an outstanding warrant.

No other people were harmed in the incident.

Vandine was also convicted of resisting arrest, but will serve no time on that charge.

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A wanted suspect is in custody after crashing his vehicle during a brief pursuit on Staples Mill Road in Henrico County Wednesday evening.

Police say they received a call from a citizen who reported that a wanted individual was in the parking lot of a business near 9000 Staples Mill Road. Responding officers located the suspect, but as they approached, the suspect entered his vehicle and fled the parking lot in a Chevrolet SUV.

A pursuit ensued after the suspect refused to stop. The pursuit ended shortly thereafter after the suspect crashed his vehicle on Staples Mill Road between Attems Way and Warren Road.

(Photo courtesy Jacob Klee/Twitter)
(Photo courtesy Jacob Klee/Twitter)

The driver, who has been identified as 47-year-old Robert Vandine, refused to obey officers’ commands and was removed from the driver’s seat to prevent the pursuit from continuing, according to police. He was placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant.

robert vandine
47-year-old Robert Vandine

One Henrico County officer suffered a minor injury during the incident that was unrelated to the pursuit or crash.

The incident remains under investigation. Charges related to the pursuit are pending. No other injuries or crashes occurred as a result of the suspect’s apprehension.

Staples Mill Road westbound remains closed to all traffic at Attems Way. Motorists headed from Hungary Road towards I-295 on Staples Mill Road will need to use alternate route such as Hungary Road to Francistown Road back to Staples Mill.

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